Questions remain unanswered about Detroit demolitions Until this month, no city-funded demolition contracts had been sent to the council since 2012 as required by city law.
1 Way Service, a Detroit contractor, demolished a commercial building at 18730 Charleston Street on June 20, 2016 for $47,800, according to the city of DetroitÕs demolition database. An excavator and a fence around the property remained at the site four days later, on June 25, 2016. 1 Way Service is run by Timothy Homrich, who is also a vice president for Homrich, another firm that demolishes vacant properties in Detroit.
Until this month, no city-funded demolition contracts had been sent to the council since 2012 as required by city law. Officials reviewing the city's purchasing ordinance recently discovered the problem and demolition contracts from now on will be sent to the council for approval.
In an exchange at last Tuesday's meeting, Council President Brenda Jones pressed Mayor Mike Duggan administration officials for answers about who was approving the city-funded demolition contracts that were supposed to go before the council prior to Tuesday. She did not get a clear answer.
"Who was approving the contracts prior to them not coming to council and how long were the contracts being approved prior to not coming to council?" Jones asked Melvin Butch Hollowell, the city's corporation counsel. "Since this administration has been in place, who was approving those contracts?"